04/19/15 6:47am
Attics and Alleys in Alexandria

What mysteries lie behind closed doors or in the attics of Alexandria’s historic sites? Attics and Alleys is a three-hour walking tour featuring the rarely seen spaces of four sites—the Lee-Fendall House, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, and Carlyle House—revealing the remnants of stories otherwise hidden. This behind-the-scenes access is in honor of National Preservation Month, and tickets are limited and reservations are required.

Tours will be offered every Saturday in May beginning at 9:00 AM and ending around noon. Tickets are $35 per person.

Tour includes stairs, access to confined spaces, and walking over many city blocks, including through alleys. Walking shoes required. Tour hosted rain or shine.

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04/18/15 6:11pm
Lincoln's Funeral Car (Library of Congress)

Lincoln’s Funeral Car (Library of Congress)

Via OHA, on April 19, 1865, Aldermen and members of the Alexandria Common Council attended the funeral of Abraham Lincoln, held in the East Room of the White House. Following his death by assassination, Lincoln’s body was transported to the White House by an Honor Guard on April 15 and placed on public view three days later. In the interim period his corpse was prepared for burial by the same embalming method successfully used four years earlier after the death in Alexandria of Elmer Ellsworth, Lincoln’s former law clerk and campaign manager.

After the funeral service, the President’ body was moved to the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in a public procession down Pennsylvania Avenue, where he lay in state until the morning of April 21. His coffin was then moved to Union Station and placed in special railcar, originally built in Alexandria for Presidential service, but used instead for the long funeral procession planned to retrace Lincoln’s inaugural route to Washington several years earlier.

04/18/15 12:47pm

Mount Ida
Via Zillow, we publish this list from time to time when the list changes. These are homes that are pretty extraordinary and currently on the market in Alexandria, Virginia. This list features the historic Mount Ida residence we featured earlier this week.

The homes are listed from most expensive on down.

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04/18/15 10:55am

For our Saturday Roundup, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and news websites in the Alexandria area to find the most interesting stories in them you might have missed.

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04/18/15 9:20am
Video of the week

Some time ago, I re-introduced the weekly palate cleanser posts (a.k.a. video of the week) on this blog. During the week, I post about road closures, stores opening, stores closing, news and things to do around Alexandria, Virginia. So, I thought maybe one post during the week could be just for fun. Therefore, a post that will cleanse the palate.

For this week, whether you have had a good week or a bad one, this new teaser trailer from the new Star Wars film really got me. The trailer was released during this week’s Star Wars Celebration. I was fine until the end where Han says to Chewie: “Chewie, we’re home.”.

What do you think about the trailer? Are you as excited for the new film as I am?

Episode VII in the Star Wars Saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opens in theaters December 18, 2015.

04/18/15 8:46am

An extraordinary home for sale in Alexandria, Virginia's Van Dorn neighborhood at 271 South Pickett Street

This extraordinary 1 bedroom,  1 bath condominium is for sale and located at 271 South Pickett Street in the Van Dorn neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. Listing has an open house TOMORROW (4/19). To view other listings with an open house THIS WEEKEND, visit this link.

Via the listing

Fabulous ground flr condo w/ private fenced yard w/ patio/ updated kit w/ new granite cntrs, faucet, deep sink & new SS French dr refrigerator, walk-in pantry/ Pergo flooring/ fresh paint/ spacious MBR w/ walk-in closet/ frplc w/ marble surround/ 9 FT CLNGS/new windows & sliding glass drs/ updated bath w/ marble flr & new mirror & lgt/ newer W&D/ comm pool/ walk to shops & metro/OPEN SUN 4/19 1-4

Contact the Realtor at this link if you’re interested in more information about this property.

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